Monday, April 27th 2015 – Parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz

6.00 PM: Welcoming Speeches:

  • Mr. Joachim Mertes, President of the Parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Mrs. Malu Dreyer, Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate, Patroness of the conference
  • H.E. Yakov Hadas-Handelsmann, Ambassador of the State of Israel to Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Georg Krausch, President of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Keynote Speech:

  • Reinhold Robbe, President of the Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft e.V.

Closing remarks:

  • Alfred Wittstock, Study Unit Israel, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 – Alte Mensa, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

09.00 AM: Beginning of first Conference Day

09.15 AM: 50 Years of Bilateral Relations: Commemoration and Remembrance as a Design Element for Politics? 

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Aleida Assmann, Endowed Professorship at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • Prof. Dr. Moshe Zuckermann, The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University
    • Moderation

10.45 AM: Coffee Break

11.15 AM: A Challenge to the Bilateral Relations: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Arab World

  • Prof. Dr. Gert Krell, Goethe University of Frankfurt
  • Prof. Dr. Moshe Zimmermann, Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Dr. h.c. Walter Klitz, The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty, Jerusalem
    • Moderation: Alfred Wittstock, Study Unit Israel, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

12.45 PM: Lunch Break

02.15 PM: Images and Attitudes – Youths of both Countries (Germany-Israel) and their Views towards their Respective Counterparts

  • Prof. Oz Almog, Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research, University of Haifa
  • Dr. Simone Heil, former University of Bremen
    • Moderation: Dr. habil. Boris Zizek, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

03.45 PM: Coffee Break

04.15 PM – 06.00 PM: Germany and Israel – a “normal” Relationship?

  • Prof. Dr. Carlo Strenger, School of Psychological Sciences/Cohn Institute for the
    History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University
  • Dr. Jürgen Müller-Hohagen, Dachau Institut Psychologie und Pädagogik, Dachau
    • Moderation: Dr. med. Renate Marx-Mollière, Mainz

Glashaus, Staatstheater Mainz:

07.30 PM – 09.00 PM: The German-Israeli Relations as mirrored in Arts and Culture

  • Joshua Sobol, Playwright, Writer and Director, Israel
  • Prof. Dr. Anat Feinberg, Hochschule für Jüdische Studien (HfJS), Heidelberg
  • Prof. Dr. Friedemann Kreuder, Department of Theatre Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
    • Welcoming Speech: Alfred Wittstock, Study Unit Israel, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Wednesday, April 29th 2015 – Alte Mensa, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

09.00 AM: Beginning of second Conference Day

9.15 AM: Panel Discussion: „Images of the Others” – The Medial Communication of Images of Germany and Israel and their Effect on the Respective Other Civil Society

  • Dr. Peter Frey, Editor-in-Chief, ZDF, Mainz
  • Dr. David Witzthum, Channel 2, Jerusalem/The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Andrea Bähner, Managing Editor, SWR, Mainz
  • Dr. Christian Böhme, Political Editor, Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin
    • Moderation: Prof. Dr. Jürgen W. Falter, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

10.45 AM: Coffee Break

11.15 AM: The Process of Europeanization and Germany’s Policy towards Israel

  • Dr. Esther Lopatin, The Center for European Studies, IDC Herzliya
  • Prof. Dr. Lily Gardner Feldman, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
    • Moderation: Prof. Dr. Arne Niemann, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

12.45 PM: Lunch Break

02.15 PM: The European Union and Israel – a Bilateral Relationship?

  • H. E. David Walzer, Ambassador of the State of Israel to the EU, Brussels
  • Prof. Dr. Gert Weisskirchen, former Member of the German Parliament, former Spokesman for Foreign Affairs
    • Moderation: Prof. Dr. Arne Niemann, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

04.00 PM: Guided City Tour (optional)

Thursday, April 30th 2015 – Alte Mensa, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

09.00 AM: Beginning of third Conference Day

9.15 AM: Israel’s Security and Germany’s Reason of State

  • Rudolf Dreßler*, former Ambassador of Germany to Israel
  • Ambassador Shimon Stein, The Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University
    • Moderation: Dr. Dieter Schiffmann, former Director of the State Agency for Civic Education of Rhineland-Palatinate

10.45 AM: Coffee Break

11.15 AM: German-Israeli Cooperation in the Light of new Security Threats

  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Meyer, Dept. of Industrial Engineering, Tel Aviv University
  • Roger Lewentz, Head of the Interior Ministers’ Conference, Minister of State, Minister for Internal Affairs, Sports and Infrastructure
    • Moderation: Prof. Dr. Gerd Mielke, JGU Mainz

Final Statement

* The speech will be held in German

The program is subject to modifications. Updated April 2nd 2015.